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Sharks at Mildred Goss Elementary School

While we wait for those reviews to conclude,  today Joe Thornton visited San Jose’s Mildred Goss Elementary School for a dedication ceremony:

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton recently partnered with the Sharks Foundation and the Good Tidings Foundation to construct a street hockey court at Mildred Goss Elementary School in San Jose. This special dedication ceremony, held in honor of the newly resurfaced street hockey court at Goss, will be followed by an inaugural game.  Thornton will be joined by Sharks broadcasters and other guests to christen the court and battle the students in a game of street hockey.

The ceremony went very smoothly.  After some nice quick speeches, Thornton and Sharkie joined some students for a brief game.  Dan Rusanowsky acted as announcer and occasional coach for the game.  He recommended things like passing the ball.  I think everyone had a good time.  Randy Hahn was there too, as well as Larry Harper, founder of the Good Tidings Foundation.

There were some men in suits there, which I mention only to point out that it was an option.  Joe Thornton was not in a suit.  He wore cargo shorts.  That made perfect sense since he was going to be running around playing hockey with a bunch of kids.

I can’t think of anything I really want to write about the Sharks right now.  I don’t want to talk about players who may or may not be back next season, I don’t want to talk about how horrible it is for those other fans to still have teams to cheer for.  Seems every team I look at gets knocked out of the playoffs.  Yes, I was sort of rooting for the Caps.  I guess I’ll be doing in the Coyotes next. 

In his comments to Kevin Kurz, Joe Thornton mentioned parity and its roll in the ongoing playoffs. 

I don’t know if parity accounts for the strangeness of these playoffs.  Nashville won in 5, then lost in 5.  The Blues won in 5 then lost in 4.  Vancouver and Detroit made surprisingly poor first round showings, San Jose did badly but after their regular season this wasn’t so surprising.  Regardless of expectations, for all three of those to lose in five games… it feels wrong.

Does it mean a lot of awful teams got into the playoffs?  Or did they burn out at just the wrong time?  If the Wings and the Sharks and the Canucks just sucked, how did one of those get so high in the standings?  If they did not suck, how did two of the teams that made it to the next round with fuel to spare get beaten so handily themselves? 

The Rangers seem to be following a path more marked by parity.  Seven-game series scream parity to me.  Of course that should wear them out and doom them to failure in the end.  Clearly I have too much time to watch hockey I have no vested interest in.

Brodie Brazil mentioned that these playoffs are evidence that match-ups are everything.  I dunno.  Match-ups don’t seem to be bothering the Kings much.

It just feels wrong.  It’s also lousy for tv viewing.

I probably won’t be writing much until something comes out of those reviews in Shark Territory.

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hi im a gooo gator student i enjoyed that the sharks came to my school

Posted by britanya from san jose on 05/16/12 at 02:00 AM ET

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It was a very nice event. Have fun with that court!

Posted by petshark from Nor Cal, and on Twitter @petshark47 on 05/16/12 at 06:02 AM ET

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About Petshark: Talking Stick

Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

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